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Syria and the United Nations

April 28, 2012

While the conflict in Syria rages on, our students have been trying to find their own solution to the violence. This simple, but powerful project, has three steps:

  1. students learn how to ask good questions about what’s happening in Syria and why;
  2. then the learn about the United Nations and put this into practice in a UN debate to try to find a way out of the conflict;
  3. finally they will write to William Hague MP, to urge him to do whatever they think is the best way forward.

We are doing this project with our Year 7s (11-12 year old), and despite their age, they have shown a level of understanding and compassion some members of the UN seem to be lacking.

Here are the resources we created for this project, which you’re very welcome to use or adapt:

UN Lesson Plans

UN Lesson 1

UN Lesson 2

UN Debate Prep sheet

UN Role Play Cards

1. Letter-email planning

2. Letter-email planning – teacher’s Copy

3. Helpsheet for letter

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Amjad Ali permalink
    April 28, 2012 10:57 am

    Maybe all the countries representatives should attempt the accents and wear the National clothing… some were represented by flags and others by stereotypes? (Not a dig- comments my students made when posted on our GCSE CT group page…)

  2. Pete Pattisson permalink
    April 30, 2012 6:54 pm

    Hi Amjad – you (and your students) raise a valid point. There were lots of accents, clothes (and stereotypes) in the class – no all represented in a two minute video of course. It’s a way to get students immersed in their learning, and by doing so, improve the quality of their thinking. Best, Pete


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